If you were a little shocked to see Larry Emdur conducting an interview on the Today show on Friday, you weren’t alone.
The Nine-turned-Seven host was back on the “Still the Two” network interviewing Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards after his triumphant win in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
But Lazza, who is himself a two-time Sydney-Hobart yachtsman, was actually co-hosting from Constitution Dock for Sunrise.
With Seven a partner in the winning boat, it was unsurprisingly investing in the moment big time, including multiple cameras to take the finish of the race live plus reporter Nick Etchells on the dock. James Tobin secured the first interview with Richards, even boarding the yacht as it made its way up the Derwent.
Perhaps it was due to the “Seven” yacht taking line honours, but Today’s coverage was a pale copy, running a commercial at the very moment Wild Oats XI crossed the line. Nine did have a reporter at Constitution Dock but when Mark Richards headed straight to Larry Emdur after claiming victory, Nine was forced to broadcast it live on Today.
Strictly speaking the moment was an “all-in” press conference, but it must have smarted that Emdur was getting the lion’s share with Richards. In some shots, you’d almost swear he was being framed out by Nine’s cameras.
And as if that wasn’t the only stuff-up, Nine also broadcast the event delayed into Queensland and South Australia, complete with a “Live” watermark.